Sam Logan, an iconic booster of the city of Detroit, journalist and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, died Wednesday at his Detroit home. He was 78.

Logan spent nearly 40 years at The Chronicle, starting in 1961, doing everything from delivering newspapers to becoming publisher in the mid-1980s. He left in 2000 in a dispute over editorial differences and launched his own publication, the Michigan Front Page. In 2003, Real Times Media, which had since bought The Chronicle, brought him back as publisher and The Front Page became one of the company’s products.

In November, when the Chronicle celebrated its 75th anniversary, Logan told The Detroit Free Press: “I don’t consider us a Black paper. I consider us a newspaper providing useful information for everyone.”

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing lauded Logan as a pioneer and unwavering supporter of the city.

“Sam Logan was more than a Detroit icon, he was a respected pioneer in Black journalism who championed the need for coverage of a community not totally served by the mainstream media,” Bing said in a statement. “More importantly, Sam was a loyal friend who will be deeply missed by all Detroiters.”

“The Black Press and the media industry in general has lost a giant,” said John “Jake” Oliver, publisher and CEO of The Afro-American Newspapers. “Sam Logan’s contributions to Black publishing will serve as a bright beacon for minority publishers across the country. His professionalism will be surely missed! “

Logan moved to Detroit at age 14 and graduated from Commerce High School. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and years later earned a degree in business from the University of Detroit.

Logan is survived by his children Diane Taylor, Rhonda Terry, Tierra Logan and Rashad Logan and several grandchildren.

“At 78 our father lived a fulfilled life of service to Detroit and this nation,” the family said in a statement. “We thank everyone for their prayers and support at this time of grief.”

Funeral arrangements: Friday, January 6 at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. The address is 23500 W. 7 Mile Road. Visitation is Wed. Jan. 4 & Thurs. Jan. 5, Swanson Funeral Home 806 E. Grand Boulevard from 12:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.